Jan. 21, 2011
Saturday, Jan. 22: UCLA at California, 2:00 p.m.
TV: none; Radio: 960 AM KKGN; Gametracker: CalBears.com
The California Golden Bears (11-6, 3-3 Pac-10) will close out their homestand on Saturday, Jan. 22 at 2 p.m. when they face the No. 8 UCLA Bruins (15-2, 5-1 Pac-10). It's a Cal Kids Day, presented by Outback Steakhouse, with $1 youth tickets and free Cal Silly Bands for the first 500 kids.
Cal is coming off an 82-71 victory over USC Thursday night. The Bears improved to 9-1 at home this season with the victory. It was the sixth time this year that Cal has scored 80 or more points in a game, with all of those games having been played at Haas Pavilion. Cal is averaging 73.1 points per game at Haas this season and 58.9 points per game in the seven contests they have played away from Haas.
Sophomore guard Layshia Clarendon is shooting 50.9 percent overall and an even 50.0 percent from three-point range at home this season. She is averaging 15.0 points per game on the home court. Freshman guard Lindsay Sherbert, in her last two home contests, has hit nine three-point baskets, shooting 64.3 percent in that span.
Freshman Mikayla Lyles was one of the Bears with a hot hand on the road, a trend that extended to the current homestand. In Lyles' last three games, she has scored 28 points (9.3 ppg average). Before heading to Washington, Lyles was averaging 3.0 ppg. She has also been shooting 57.1 percent over the last three games. Before heading to Washington, her season shooting percentage was 25.7 percent.
Cal won the battle of the rebounds against USC, the 13th time (out of 17 games) this season they have outrebounded their opponent. More impressively, Cal held the Trojans to six offensive rebounds and allowed only four second chance points.
Cal had 17 assists against the Trojans, eight coming from sophomore guard Eliza Pierre and another seven coming from Clarendon. Sherbert and Lyles accounted for the other two.
Cal will have their third crack of the season at a top-10 squad against the No. 8 UCLA Bruins. UCLA is coming off a 64-38 loss at Stanford on Thursday, their first Pac-10 loss of the season. Since 2005-06, Cal has five victories against the Bruins, their last coming in 2008-09 with a 64-48 decisive home win.
Leading Scorers With freshman Mikayla Lyles' 11 points against Washington, she became the seventh different Cal player to lead the team in scoring in a game this season. All three freshmen have led the team in a game (Afure Jemerigbe scored 17 against UT Arlington and Lindsay Sherbert 20 against Arizona). DeNesha Stallworth and Layshia Clarendon have each had the team-high for points five times this season. Only two players, Eliza Pierre and Rachelle Federico, have not led the team in scoring.
Home Sweet Home The Bears are an impressive 9-1 this season at Haas Pavilion. 14.2 is a magic number for the Bears. They are outrebounding their opponents by an average of 13.8 boards per home game and are outscoring their opponents by 13.9 points per game. The Bears are scoring 14.2 more points in home games than they do in games they play away from Haas Pavilion. The team grabs 6.3 more rebounds per game in their home contests as well.
Freshman guard Lindsay Sherbert has hit 21 of her 26 three-pointers at Haas. Sherbert is averaging 11.0 points per game in home contests this season. Sophomore forward DeNesha Stallworth leads the team, scoring 17.2 points per home game this season.
Crashing the Boards The Bears are second in the Pac-10 in rebounding margin, grabbing an average of 9.6 more rebounds per game than their opponents ranking them 11th in the nation. Cal has now outrebounded their opponents in 13 of their 17 games this season. The Bears pulled in 27 more rebounds than Arizona, the second largest differential of the season and the fourth time this season they have outrebounded an opponent by 20 or more. The Bear's top performance of the season was when they outrebounded Yale by 30. Cal's 64 rebounds in that game tied a program record for most rebounds in a game and set a Haas Pavilion mark for the same stat.
Caldwell is third in the Pac-10 in rebounding, averaging 8.3 boards per game. Ify Ibekwe, who was the Conference rebounding champ last season, continues to lead this year with 9.6 per game.
Caldwell is averaging 4.2 offensive rebounds per game, the best mark in the Pac-10.
Cal Threes After going three games without making a three (Illinois, Stanford, ASU), sophomore guard Layshia Clarendon has been hot, going 9-for-11 from long range in her last four games. Clarendon is currently second in the Pac-10 in three-point shooting efficiency at 46.3 percent.
Mikayala Lyles has made eight of her last 14 three-point attempts (57.1 percent). Lyles is a pure three-point shooter with 15 of her 17 baskets this season coming from long range.
Lindsay Sherbert snapped an 0-for-8 stretch by hitting her first three-point attempt against USC. Despite the cold spell, Sherbert still has a 37.1 percent three point shooting percentage, ranking her 10th in the Pac-10.
Opponent Threes Even after Washington State's hot three-point shooting last week, the Bears are still among the nation's best in three-point defense. Opponents are only making 25.4 percent of the long range shots they are attempting against the Cal defense. This leads the Pac-10 and is ranked No. 9 among all NCAA Division I teams.
Steals Eliza Pierre is currently averaging 3.1 steals per game, which leads the Pac-10. More impressively, her average ranks 17th among all NCAA Division I players. She has ranked as high as second in the NCAA this season in this stat.
Efficiency When DeNesha Stallworth shoots the ball, she is making her shots, most of the time. In fact, Stallworth, helped by her 12-for-14 performance in the Colliers International Classic Championships game, is connecting on 52.8 percent of her tries from the field. The mark is sixth best in the Pac-10 and ranks No. 40 among all NCAA Division I players. Sophomore center Talia Caldwell actually has a better percentage, making 54.3 percent of her shots, but she does not have enough attempts to qualify for the national rankings. Her percentage ranks fifth in the Pac-10.
Double Doubles DeNesha Stallworth had four double doubles in the first four games of the season. It was the first time in her Cal career she has posted double doubles in back-to-back games let alone four in a row. Stallworth's streak was halted against Fullerton when she only had 8 rebounds to go with 19 points. She got her fifth double double of the season at Illinois and her sixth at Washington.
Talia Caldwell had her second double double of the season against Long Beach State with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Caldwell's first career double double came last season against Long Beach State where she logged 10 and 10. Caldwell added her third double double of the season with 13 points and 18 rebounds against Arizona.
Lindsay Sherbert had the first double double of her collegiate career against Portland State, bringing in 10 rebounds with 15 points scored.
Rama N'diaye had the first double double of her career with 12 points and 11 rebounds against Arizona. N'diaye accomplished this coming off the bench, playing just 21 minutes in the game.
200 wins Cal head coach Joanne Boyle comes into the game with a career record of 197-83 (.704), including a 130-54 (.706) mark at Cal. She needs three more victories to reach the 200th of her head coaching career. Boyle spent three seasons as the head coach for the Richmond Spiders (67-29) prior to her arrival in Berkeley.
Cal Kids Days All Saturday Pac-10 home games this season will be Cal Kids Days, presented by Outback Steakhouse. General admission tickets for youth 12th grade and younger will cost $1. 90 minutes prior to the game, there will be face painting, poster making, and other activities for the kids. This week, against UCLA, the first 500 kids in attendance will receive a pack of special Cal Silly Bands. Tickets can be purchased in advance or day of game.
Cal Coaches Corner Each Monday, head coach Joanne Boyle and one of the players will be featured weekly on the Cal Coaches Corner radio program. The show airs on KNEW Radio (910 AM) every Monday from 6-7 p.m. The program is broadcast live from the Paragon at the Claremont Hotel, Club and Spa in Berkeley, so fans are encouraged to come out and enjoy the show live. In addition to Coach Boyle and a women's basketball player, men's head coach Mike Montgomery will also be a weekly guest on the show, which is hosted by Todd McKim. The show allows fans to email questions for the coaches and players.
Charitable Works This season, the Bears will again be doing the We Assist, You Assist promotion where fans can make pledges per assist to help a local charity. This season, the team has decided to focus their efforts on assisting Upward Roots. Upward Roots is aimed at generating positive change through community service. Their programs develop a greater sense of leadership and personal impact among under-served youth through the creation of self-initiated community service projects. The goal is to produce and sustain the concept that change can come from within and that every small action makes a resounding difference. Upward Roots strives to break the cycle from these youth being served to serving others. Every dollar raised, up to $10,000, will be matched by Coach Boyle.